Rural communities in Manitoba will benefit from faster Internet

Canadians understand the importance of building communities. They have always invested in ways to better connect with each other—from the St. Lawrence Seaway to the national railroad system to the Trans-Canada Highway. Those investments now need to reflect the increasingly digital world.

That is why the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, today announced funding of $6.9 million for Valley Fiber Limited and $794,000 for High Speed Crow to bring new or improved high-speed Internet access and capacity to 16 communities, including a First Nation community, in rural Manitoba. In addition to the Government of Canada investment, Valley Fiber Limited is contributing $2.3 million and High Speed Crow is contributing $264,640, bringing the total investment to just over $10 million.

” High Speed Crow made a significant decision to deploy fiber through the region in 2015.  Our commitment has included communities such as Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Garson, Lockport, Tyndall and other rural areas in between.  With this announcement, it accelerates building our backbone, and in addition, we are extending our backbone to connecting several other towers this year. We also congratulate Valley Fiber, and their work in Southern Manitoba, in the announcement. The Metro Winnipeg Region is quickly gaining ground with connectivity and fast broadband.”

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